Marussia F1 Driver Jules Bianchi Dead at 25
18 Juillet 2015 - Autoblog
Formula One driver Jules Bianchi has died at the age of 25, following severe head injuries suffered at last year's Japanese Grand Prix, his family confirmed via a Facebook statement today.
Last we heard, Bianchi had begun rehabilitation at the end of 2014, although he remained unconscious following the October crash at Suzuka. He was running for the Marussia F1 team at the time of the wreck, which the FIA pinned on the young driver. He hit a recovery vehicle that was aiding Adrian Sutil's stricken racer and sustained serious head injuries.
"Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end," the Bianchi family said in its statement. "The pain we feel is immense and indescribable."
As our friends at Jalopnik's Blackflag motorsports blog noted, Bianchi's young career showed promise. He was a test driver for Ferrari and Sahara Force India before moving to Marussia, where he finished ninth at the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix, his best and only points-scoring finish in open-wheel racing's ultimate discipline.
Ours sincerest condolences go out to the Bianchi family, the Marussia F1 team, and the F1 community at large.